Friday, December 2, 2016

By the Numbers

 The Mister loves to send cards. He sends out about 30 Christmas cards to his old work friends every year.

 Last year he wanted to make cards but it was a real slog because we had no idea how to go about it.

 A year later and with 9 card kits under my belt, I'm not quite an expert but I did have a better idea on how to make this pretty painless for him. He didn't get all 30 done but he did get quite a pile and had fun doing it.

Cute, huh? He did good. Vroom, vroom.....

Thursday, December 1, 2016


 Wow. I just realized that this is it for the two year challenge this project has become.

 I've been posting on the first of every month to show my progress and this is the very last block. That makes me sad. Sort of. I really did like working on this.

I still have a bit of December to do and the bottom border. I guess I can come back in January to show the whole kit and kaboodle. Who knows when I will have it framed though. I'm going to have to start saving my pennies because even with a 60% off coupon it still costs a fortune.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Promises, Promises

 I promised myself and The Mister I would have all the ice skating junk out of the living area by December first.

 I don't think I am going to make that deadline.

Snow White marries her Prince Charming in the final song of their production number so of course we need to throw them a big old wedding on the ice, right?  I should be enjoying turning these curtains into a fabulous wedding arch and working with all the pretty wedding stuff but I am so over it all right now. I want my house back. Now.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

So Long Fall

 As November winds down I've been slowly packing away my fall projects.

 I'm not ready for Christmas yet. It's too fallish out there for me still but the turkey has to go. I only managed to get one leaf done this year. One.

Also gone for the season is my fall shawl that I've been working on since the beginning of time. I only put on maybe five or six rows this year. Oh, well. I've got lots of excuses and most of them are still sitting in my living room waiting to be finished. More on that tomorrow.

What I really want to do right now is get started on my red cardigan but I am in still ISO the right pattern. Nothing is speaking to me even though I have spent/wasted hours on Ravelry looking at everything they have to offer. No luck yet but new things show up everyday. I'll just have to be patient.

Monday, November 28, 2016

A Holiday Head Start

 I've been sitting in the downstairs craft room until the wee hours of the morning playing with my new holiday stamp sets and my scalloped box die. I need a bunch of boxes done by this Friday so I can stuff soap in them.

 Yesterday my December card kit showed up. I wasn't holding my breath since I missed out on last months. I was pretty sure this one wasn't going to show up either but it did.

 I'm glad it did. It's got nice stamps and a little Chibi light kit that makes Rudolph's nose light up.

I used the stamp on one of the boxes but I'm letting The Mister have the light set to fiddle with. All that talk about negative and positives copper strips is making my head hurt.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall

All I did yesterday was drink coffee and watch all four of the new Gilmore Girls episodes while trying to fit in some regular life. Honestly, I don't know what to think. I could have used more story and less of the music video stuff but I don't want to complain. I'll take the Gilmores in any size, shape or form. Any day. Any time. Any where.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Fruitcake Weather

 It's not exactly fruitcake weather. It's warmed up considerably here in the past few days. It's still time to make fruitcake though. They need to sit for a few weeks.

 The Mister and I always have drama over my fruitcake booze but not this year. He thinks it's fair game. It's not.  Last year I hid the bottle I needed. There's not much left but it was enough.

 I put these cherries that came all the way from Wisconsin to good use. I've been saving them for my Free Range Fruitcake recipe courtesy of Alton Brown. I made it last year in addition to my regular and it was so good I'm skipping the candied fruit version and sticking with this one.

 It's a weird way of putting the many ingredients together but it works.

 I couldn't remember how much it rises so I took my chance and filled the pans pretty high.

 It was just the right amount. They turned out beautifully.

 This year's glaze was golden syrup, triple sec and more of the rum/brandy mix.

I change the glaze up every year depending on what I have on hand and I really boozed it up this time with the tripe sec because there is no orange juice in this recipe and I missed the zing of a bit of citrus because I also didn't have the zest on hand that it called for. Now the big wait begins. I'll sample it on my birthday, the 16th to see if I hit the mark. If not I'll be making more. I've had to do that before. Fruitcake is very important to me. I eat it for tea all winter long.

I've gotten some questions about that sweet potato dish Son served up.

It really was more of a process than a recipe. He was making it up as he went along. Here goes:
First he peeled and sliced the potatoes into thin slices and arranged them in a pretty pattern. Then he poured melted butter over them, kosher salt and a few handfuls of dark brown sugar. He baked them covered until they were soft. Then uncovered them, added another handful of brown sugar and let them crisp up on top. He had toasted some pecans in maple syrup and then threw them on top right before serving. They were delish as proved by the fact we had none left to bring home.

Now I'm off to watch the first episode of the new Gilmore Girls on Netflix. In light of our current situation, making a visit to Stars Hollow is a most welcome idea.